Awesome things that hide secret powers: Police at the Brazil World Cup 2014 used these normal-seeming sunglasses to root out crime

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design, New Fashion on Tuesday 7 October 2014

If you were lucky enough to be in Rio for the 2014 World Cup, you might’ve noticed a handy little gadget that police officers were using. Well, ok, you probably didn’t notice them since they were seemingly normal sunglasses, but these sunglasses hold incredible secret powers!

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Retire your prozac and put on the Happy Sunglasses instead

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By Kenny Ong in New Products on Tuesday 17 June 2014

Spy Optics, a Californian firm specializing in eyewear, has claimed their sunglasses will make you mighty happy. And it’s all due to their technologically advanced lenses which leverage on mood-enhancing light to boost our inner feel-good factor. If you don’t already know, the sun emits different kinds of light rays, which can be grouped into […]

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Cool shades made from recycled vinyl records

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By Low Lai Chow in New Fashion on Friday 23 May 2014

Everyone is upcycling everything these days, so why not vinyl records too? Vinilyze, which crafts handmade eyewear in Hungary out of vinyl records, does just that. Though every pair of these lovelies come with a two-year warranty, rest assured that if you do accidentally break a pair, you can make the legitimate excuse that it […]

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Shades salvaged from skateboards

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Monday 14 April 2014

Wow, skateboarding-loving duo Jon Winfrey and Ryan Vecchiarelli, the guys behind Colorado-based operation Eqo Optics, actually salvage old and battered skateboards to give them a second stab at life in the form of polished colorful sunnies with glare-free polarized lenses. Too cool for words.

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Repurposed wine barrels get second life as hipster sunnies

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Friday 17 January 2014

Sunglasses made from upcycled wine barrels? Why, it’s too cool for words. California vineyard operator Robert Mondavi partnered eyewear brand Woodzee to transform its used oak barrels into new, must-have accessories. According to the Robert Mondavi website, ‘The frames have a distinctive red tint from aging our Coastal Crush Red blend’.

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ISSON’s 2013/2014 sunglasses collection

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By Zac in New Fashion on Wednesday 2 October 2013

Australia’s avant-garde eyewear specialist, ISSON, has released their 2013/2014 collection. ISSON says the range mixes function and form, kookiness and sophistication, and experimentation and restraint. No surprises there given Catherine Federici likes to design the ISSON collections in an old-world reading room at Sydney’s State Library while listening to old-school techno!

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Byron Bay’s Sunski sunglasses: Returning from the dead

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Fashion on Tuesday 28 May 2013

Sunski sunglasses were practically an Australian institution, but over time people forgot about them and they were nearly lost to the pages of history. Enter American duo, Tom and Michael – saviours of the Sunski. Three years ago Tom returned from a surfing trip to Australia with a few pairs of the classic sunglasses in […]

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Maui Jim: the best sunglasses in the world (says us)

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Thursday 24 January 2013

I’ve been known to make outlandish statements when it comes to fashion, but this is no such occasion. Hawaiian brand Maui Jim make the best sunglasses in the world and I’ll tell you why. Created in Hawaii, Maui Jim have developed their shades with island life in mind. Their special patented polarized lenses have been designed to enhance the […]

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Shades that protect you from post-party remorse

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 22 December 2012

If you party like a rock star but hate facing up to these damning, unglamourous party shots afterwards, be happy. These shades create a similar effect to what you see in those scandalous tabloid pictures so you now have a license to be on your worst behaviour while reveling in relative anonymity at the same […]

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Sunglasses made from recycled material

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By Sean in New Products on Friday 6 April 2012

These are eco-friendly sunglasses with frames made from 100 percent recycled material. The frames will have a unique surface design not seen on any other pair of sunglasses. The hinges and lenses are the same used by many top designers in the industry. The glasses ship in recycled cardboard boxes and pouches made from reused clothing. Sweet, huh?

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Maison Martin Margiela 8 Wrong Size Black Sunglasses

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By Gerry Mak in New Fashion on Saturday 18 February 2012

I was thinking to myself the other day how I would pay serious cash for some sunglasses with ill-fitting lenses. Eyewear designers Cutler & Gross must have read my mind, because they made these Margiela 8 Wrong Size sunglasses that are available via Por Vacacao for €390!

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Minimal Baroque fashion illustration

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By Eve Politanoff in New Illustration on Saturday 29 January 2011

For Prada’s new eyewear collection, Minimal Baroque, the fashion house turned to three fashion illustrators to create their advertising campaign.

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ZANEROBE Eyewear

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By Andy in New Fashion on Friday 1 October 2010

Complementing their Game Day, Sunday collection, ZANEROBE’s debut eyewear range has dropped just in time for summer in the southern hemisphere. Fashion-forward styles and trusty ZANEROBE build quality combine to create these damn fine shades suitable for work, play and anything in between.

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Italian clear aviators

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By Michelle Wilding in New Fashion on Monday 8 March 2010

Revive that vintage sixties look with a pair of Italian gold square aviator frames by Silver Lining Opticians. These babies are available in two lens types: slick sunglasses or clear lenses for that ultra smooth, hot nerd look. The optical boutique also stock more than 6,000 never-worn vintage frames, including 500 one-of-a-kind shades by Persol, […]

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Interview with Catherine Federici, ISSON Eyewear

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By Tim Cox in New Fashion on Tuesday 15 December 2009

We checked in with Catherine Federici, one of the creative forces behind Australian sunglasses company, ISSON Eyewear, and asked her what lead to her take her industrial design training and apply it to sunglasses design: ‘I worked in Optometry practices since I was fourteen. It just seemed like the better option to working the cashier at McDonald’s or Woolies. By the time I was at University, I was working at George Skoufis Optometrist in Paddington, renowned for quirky, unusual, unique frames and sunglasses and my passion for eye-wear design really evolved there. Coming from an I.D background, it seemed that the eyewear designer’s artisan approach to mass production was unique. I found this to be inspiring and a creative challenge I wanted to take on’.

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